World At Your Call
Excellent color shots of transportation circa 1950 (car, train, and plane) this film deals with the wonders of long-distance telephone communications. US & World Location shots: White Mountains, New Hampshire (Great Stone Face); man makes long distance calls
Production Company Handy (Jam) OrganizationSponsor American Telephone and Telegraph Co.Audio/Visual sound, color
October 22, 2005
What? I can't hear you because of these harps!
Fun exploration into the world of long distance calling. There is some travelogue here as well. So when mt Mountain explorer thinks about his sweetie back in New Orleans.. BOOM! Off to New Orleans we go! (accompanied by annoying harp music). This cycle is repeated a couple of times, and some of the situations are quite loony! The mountain man looks to have his belt buckle in the middle of his shirt, the letter the guy gets about the anniversary sounds almost as if the wife is pleading for his husband to come home for it (until the end word is revealed) and the long distance conversation between New York and London is predictably ended with the english fellow saying "cheerio!" but not so predictably when a visit there is thought to be a "capital idea!". Somewhat strange, I liked this film! This film is capital by me!
Wilford B. Wolf
March 24, 2005
Next time you fly, use AT&T
An ersatz travelouge emphasizing the range of different places that are connected via telephone. Areas covered: White Mountains, NH; New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC; generic Southwest dude ranch ("Lazy X Ranch"); Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge, OR; St. Augestine, FL; London, England; New York, NY. There is some pretty decent footage for each of the places, especially Mardi Gras in New Orleans, monuments in DC, and a great shot of the New York skyline from under the Brooklyn Bridge. The film also has a few brief shots of differnt types of transportation at the begining of the film. Naturally, there are the hokey elements, like the harp glissando every time they use the map to connect the various places on the globe. The "Englishman" they use to set up a call to New York from London is obviously an American actor on a soundstage.
A good source for stock footage, but rather dull otherwise.